UNC in Top Three for DC DE

Despite the change in coaching regime, Tony Coleman hasn't noticed even a hiccup in North Carolina's recruiting efforts. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end from Washington (D.C.) Woodson continues to hear from the Tar Heel staff on a consistent basis.

"Before the Christmas break, we've been text messaging at lot," said Coleman. "And [Butch Davis] and [Tommy Thigpen] had come to the school to talk to me and the other guys [on my team].

"He already told me I was offered in a text message, so he had me set-up my [official] visit on the first of December."

During Coleman's visit, he was hosted by Maryland native Barrington Edwards.

"It went well," said Coleman. "[Edwards] showed us around the campus and we just basically took it from there. We checked out the facilities, the campus, and everything and met a couple of the other players."

The stay provided Coleman an opportunity to build on his strong familiarity of the campus he started to develop over the summer.

"I really liked it – it felt like home," said Coleman. "We went down there during the summer for the camp and I was checking out the campus then because we stayed on campus for a couple of days. It was real nice – I liked it.

"The coaches are wonderful up there, they have good coaches."

Before concluding his official visit, the UNC coaching staff talked about the defensive end position situation.

"They were saying they really wanted me, because all their [defensive] ends were [graduating] and they need to build depth," said Coleman.

"Coach Davis said he really liked my highlight tape," he added. "[Thigpen] said he showed it to the defensive coordinator and he said he liked it, too."

North Carolina is Coleman's lone Division I-A scholarship offer, but he's fielding strong interest from Virginia Tech and Illinois.

Coleman has scheduled an official visit with Delaware State for January 26th and is working on dates with the Hokies, Fighting Illini, and Rutgers.

After taking his official visits, Coleman is looking to make a decision. Although he doesn't have a leader, Coleman is favoring three schools.

"I'm still open," said Coleman. "I like [UNC's] campus a lot, but I've been reading on Illinois and V-Tech and I really like them, too. Those are like my basic main three."

Due to a foot injury Coleman played only seven games of his senior football schedule, but still totaled 13 sacks. He also caught 40 passes for 350 and seven touchdowns from his wide receiver position.

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